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Poster: turnphilup Date: Jan 18, 2011 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The delightful Donna Jean....

Listen to the Mosque show today because of a earlier link and enjoyed it even though it sounded more mellow then I remember.
The second set picks up and I really enjoyed the way Donna accentuated the end of Scarlet. I can even hear some infused intensity in her vocals during the other one. Can anyone here link some good Donna shows? Time to turn over a new leaf and instead of bashing her, maybe, just maybe, we can say a few good things about her. Peace.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

Cliff hit three good ones. I would add Jack Straw for 5-17-77. I love the way she sings the "out of Cheyenne" line. I guess being back in the south inspired her.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

"I guess being back in the south inspired her."

I think youre right Larry. Tuscaloosa just might be her best ever performance with the Grateful Dead.

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

Is it true that some consider Tuscaloosa '77 the "Southern Barton Hall?" I seem to recall hearing that (though a friend who's much more knowledgeable than me says it's not...)

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

as others have previously mentioned on this board, she's a better fit w/JGB and i tend to agree; although i would not go so far as to state that she (or any female vocalist) was necessary to the JGB sound

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

I asked a similar question a few years back and i caught a lot of shit from someone who actually didn't read the thread. I was perhaps a bit too creative with my approach to this thread. Sadly the thread that bashed my title got more responses then this one, but there are a few other suggestions buried in here.

http://www.archive.org/post/157939/i-like-this-girl-on-girl-action

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2011 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

I'm not a big Donna fan. I think she was at her best performing her own songs. As opposed the ruining a jammed out Playin' in the Band or Scarlet Begonias. A couple nice Donna performances are...

Tuscaloosa Sunrise:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-17.sbd.weiner.18554.sbeok.shnf


From the Heart of Me on 11/24/78:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-11-24.pre-fm.miller.87642.sbeok.flac16


You Ain't Woman Enough:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-02-15.sbd.hall.1580.shnf

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

In a word: JGB. She fit with JGB. We could argue about whether she was necessary to the sound but she was certainly a lovely enhancement. She is smooth as silk and perfectly modulated, she croons and lilts and keeps up and even belts it out where necessary rarely hitting a wrong note (and of course she's feeding Jerry the lyrics sometimes, but I guess anyone who performed with him had to do that!)

Scarlet Fire - nope, she ruined that, it would be hard to persuade me she ever made a contribution there. I find I am on edge listening to that song in case there is unexpected Donna outburst. She can sound downright deranged on Scarlet Fire, whooo whooo, aieeeeeeeeee ...

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jan 18, 2011 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

I agree completely. Been checking out some "78 JGB the last few days where she really sounds great!!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

I think the Scarlet-Fire transition from 1-8-79 was her best moment with the Dead. Perhaps she knew the end was near? Regardless, she certainly fired up the audience and the band responded with a great Fire.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-01-08.nak300-wagner.miller.87657.flac16

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

I like her in 77-78 think she fills in nicely in her later years. The post Eygpt run is a good example. Heres the second night http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-10-18.sbd.miller.89335.sbeok.flac16 the whole run is awesome. You can download all the shows here http://stash.nugs.net/attics/frames.asp?page=781017.asp?artist=1&;show=290&cmd=shows and there is always JGB.

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Poster: JB Date: Jan 18, 2011 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-12-31.sbd.bertha-ashley.26559.sbeok.shnf
show is ok for 72. good from truckin through the rest of the show. i always thought she sounded good on box of rain and sing me back home for the most part and they are both here.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The delightful Donna Jean....

Yes on SMBH and I have to admit I like You Ain't Woman Enough even though I shouldn't, it is a terribly sexist song, women clawing at each other over men, ugh, but heck, it sounds good.